Anaconda III

Year:
2008
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Take it easy, Peter.

Not the kind of research

you expected, huh?

Relax.

Sit back and enjoy the ride.

Take a shot in his head!

Lord, have mercy.

My arm!

So, what do you think?

Glad you came, right?

You said you wanted to be rich.

Well, this is what it looks like.

Glad you made yourself comfortable.

God!

God help us.

So, what you're stating is that

wexel Hall Pharmaceuticals...

have denied knowledge

of genetic testing...

on animals at their secret labs

in Eastern Europe.

The fact that CEO J.D. Murdoch

personally contacted Peter...

to deny these claims,

we feel gave total credence...

to the leak that testing was more

inhumane than we have ever seen.

Can you be more specific

without divulging your informants?

Our sources reported and I quote:

"The testing we witnessed is

more cruel, more grotesquely evil...

than the American people

could ever imagine. "

Good morning, Mr. Murdoch.

Good morning, Mr. Murdoch.

Good morning, Mr. Murdoch.

Stay.

Good morning, Mr. Murdoch.

Handshake says a lot about a man,

Pinkus.

Yes, sir.

Can I get you a cup of coffee, sir?

Cut the pleasantries.

There's been a leak.

A leak?

PETA.

People for the Ethical Treatment

of Animals...

have launched an enquiry

with public relations.

Where exactly is our facility

and what exactly are we doing there?

Now I'm asking myself,

"How did they find out about us?"

Well, I can assure you, Mr. Murdoch.

I will find out.

I am the public face of Wexel Hall.

When that face is damaged...

- I am damaged.

- I understand, sir.

Not to mention that every

drug company in the world...

is crawling up our ass,

trying to beat us to the finish line.

I could double security

but until we've identified the source...

- it would be pointless.

- It is your job!

And you will do your job.

Or the only thing you'll be supervising

is a proctologist...

removing my boot from your rectum.

Do you understand?

Yes, sir.

What is the status of the project?

We've hit some delays.

You've hit some delays.

Now why is it I'm not surprised?

What sort of delays?

Kane will answer all your questions.

Where is Kane?

Just this way, sir.

This is a live feed

of the queen anaconda's tank.

Completely motionless.

Just like my first wife.

Don't let her slumber fool you.

She's 1200 pounds

of pure crushing power.

As I said, just like my first wife.

Good to see you, Mr. Murdoch.

I wasn't expecting you

until next week.

Professor, as you know,

I'm a man in a hurry.

Our staff's been working

around the clock...

and I'm fully aware

of your schedule.

Good.

Because I'm paying you for results.

As you know, we have successfully

synthesised and produced...

a blood- orchid extract.

Our patient tolerates the serum

just like snakes in the wild do...

with zero negative side effects.

And no signs of aging.

The synthetic serum

is fully efficacious.

Yes, at present only in snakes.

But there is something

you must see.

Please?

This is more like it.

But tell me, what is it

that snakes have that we don't have?

We still have not determined why

the extract is non- toxic in the snake...

but lethal in humans.

But you told me

you had made some progress.

There has been. We've reduced

but not eliminated the toxicity.

- In dogs and in chimpanzees.

- Even mice.

Mice administered a steady dose

of the serum...

show signs of a reduced rate

of aging.

But ultimately, they die...

from some mechanism

we don't fully understand.

Mr. Murdoch, this is Darryl.

Hello, Darryl.

Nice to meet you, sir.

- This way, sir.

- Impressive.

Very impressive.

Well, the bottom line, Mr. Murdoch...

is that we've developed

a second- generation serum...

by producing a new strain

of the orchid.

We hope to solve the problem

at the source.

Behold the miracle

of modern science.

Behold the miracle?

I can't see anything.

We keep it dark to create an artificial

sleep cycle for the creature.

Ugly son of a b*tch, isn't it?

What is that?

It was a typical anaconda.

It certainly isn't typical now.

- How's my baby doing today?

- He's hungry again.

- What's the ambient temp of the cage?

- Sixty- five.

Let's cosy it up five degrees.

And increase the cynanol mix

by 20 cc's.

Okay.

Are you telling me a regular dosage

of serum is what's produced this?

For the most part,

we wanted to see...

Amazing. Four months ago,

he could fit in a shoebox.

That's probably how he feels

right now.

Suits are here.

Yeah, I know.

And I intend to find out why.

In fact, quite the opposite.

It's bigger, faster, stronger.

And a hell of a lot meaner.

We're making progress but we need

larger tanks and additional security.

- I was getting to that.

- Were you?

Mr. Murdoch, our herpetologist,

Dr. Amanda Hayes.

I've submitted four requests

to Pinkus.

And every time his answer is,

"It's not my call. "

So whose call is it?

Yours, Mr. Murdoch?

Please excuse Dr. Hayes.

She's not familiar with the protocol.

I'm very familiar with the protocol.

I'm doing what you pay me for.

Minding the well- being of our reptiles

and watching our asses.

Dr. Hayes.

You give me a marketable product...

and I will buy you the biggest

animal park this side of the equator.

We need larger facilities now.

I'll see what I can do.

You have to do better than that.

You're not handling 60- foot snakes...

with massive appetites.

We are understaffed

and in way over our heads.

What does she mean by that?

If you'll excuse me, gentlemen,

I have some cultures to examine.

Pinkus.

- It's nothing.

- Nothing?

I'm paying you an obscene amount of

money to keep this research on track.

It is clearly not on track.

And my very expensive expert there

is concerned.

Money is not the problem.

If we stopped every time we needed

to expand or upgrade...

we'd be months behind.

Everything here is custom- made.

It takes time.

And time is what I do not have.

- Amanda? Excuse us.

- Sir? Sure.

What is the matter with you?

I didn't go to med school

to serve a life sentence.

It's just a means to an end.

Whose end? For what?

So some sick billionaire

can defeat death?

- What do you mean he's sick?

- Come on, Eric.

You didn't see it?

Pupils dilated, pale skin, coughing?

Not to mention

his severe weight loss?

It looks to me like he's got cancer,

which means he's dying.

Amanda.

We're at the brink

of saving millions of lives.

Can you imagine a drug, that could

revitalise cancer patients...

and reverse Alzheimer's?

Do you really still believe that?

Don't you?

I don't know.

For something that's supposed to be

so good, why does it feel wrong?

You knew what we were doing

when we started the research.

Yeah, but I expected it to be handled

with more responsibility.

We're tampering

with evolution, Eric.

Come on. It's just a big snake.

Yeah, well, that's definitely

an understatement.

- All right, I'll talk to you later, okay?

- Okay.

Bigger, tougher, meaner, eh?

I could use a bit of that.

That's not a good idea, sir.

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